Labour Legislation Introduced

first_imgThe health, safety and well-being of the public will be better protected and workers’ rights safeguarded by preserving the collective bargaining with legislation introduced today, Nov. 23. “Nova Scotians deserve to know that when they go into a hospital, or when they’re in a long-term care facility, or when they’re waiting for a paramedic, that their safety is not going to be put in jeopardy by a lockout or the threat of a strike or a strike,” said Environment and Labour Minister Mark Parent. “We also believe strongly in workers’ rights. That’s why we have introduced legislation that preserves free, fair and impartial collective bargaining.” The processes for collective bargaining in legislation will not change. It is only when the parties reach an impasse that they move to a binding mediation or interest-arbitration process to resolve outstanding issues. The dispute-resolution options will help the parties reach a resolution without a work stoppage. “It is important that unions and employers be able to continue collective bargaining, independent of government,” said Mr. Parent. Mediators and arbitrators, who will oversee the dispute-resolution options, are neutral third parties selected by the union and employer to help reach a settlement, if they are unable to agree. Mediators and arbitrators are independent of government. “These dispute-resolution options are fair and impartial. They will settle disputes and ensure uninterrupted access in the health care and community services sectors for Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Parent. The legislation is being introduced after a consultation process and examination of best practices from across Canada. “Now is the time to develop fair and balanced labour legislation, when there is not a lockout or strike or the threat of a strike,” said Mr. Parent. “We have done our research, we have consulted with Nova Scotians, and today we are introducing the fairest labour legislation in the country.” For more information on the proposed amendments to the Trade Union Act, visit .last_img read more

Akshays Kesari heads to Japan

first_imgMumbai: Actor Akshay Kumar’s Kesari, which brings the story of the historic Battle of Saragarhi alive on the silver screen, will release in Japan in August. Akshay took to Twitter to share the update. “Kesari, a film based on one of the bravest battles ever fought: 21 courageous soldiers against 10,000 invaders, is set to conquer Japan on August 16, 2019,” he posted on June 24. The movie, backed by Dharma Productions, depicts the bravery of 21 Sikhs of the 36th Sikh Regiment (now the 4th Battalion of Sikh Regiment) of British India defending an Army post against more than 10,000 Afghan and Orakzai tribesmen. The movie, directed by Anurag Singh, also stars Parineeti Chopra. Zee Studios International took the film to 55 territories across the world and is now gearing up to showcase the film in Japan.last_img read more

Hong Kong protesters rally at airport to educate visitors

first_imgHong Kong: Hundreds of Hong Kongers, including flight attendants, held a rally in the airport’s arrival hall on Friday to “educate” visitors about the demonstrations currently gripping the international finance hub as it braces for another weekend of protests. The cavernous hall is usually filled with excited friends and relatives waiting to greet loved ones as they make their way out of one of the world’s busiest airports. But on Friday visitors were greeted by a sea of black-clad protesters chanting anti-government slogans, holding banners and handing out flyers. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe rally is the latest bid to keep pressure on Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leaders after seven weeks of largely peaceful mass demonstrations followed by violent clashes, an unprecedented challenge to Beijing’s authority since the city’s 1997 handover. The protests were triggered by a controversial bill which would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, but they have evolved into a call for wider democratic reforms and a halt to sliding freedoms. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsOrganisers billed the airport rally as an opportunity to brief arrivals on the political unrest, particularly visitors from mainland China where the state-controlled news has portrayed the protests as a violent, foreign-funded plot to destabilise the motherland. The demonstration was peaceful and good-humoured, and there were no reports of any disruption to flights. One particularly creative group were using a television to display a satirical version of an airline safety announcement video that details the movement’s demands and warns of protests in the city. “Kindly put on your masks and black t-shirts… when attending the assemblies,” the video said, in reference to the colour widely adopted by anti-government protesters. Others held “Tourist Warning” signs detailing how police have fired tear gas at protesters and how pro-government thugs attacked demonstrators last Sunday, putting 45 in hospital. Meryl Yeung, a 29-year-old flight attendant, had just got off a plane and joined the protest. “It’s important to come to the airport and tell foreigners what’s happening in Hong Kong,” she told AFP, saying it was especially vital to make sure people in China are made aware of the protests. “They have no idea at all, they only get information from one side, they think everyone… coming to a protest, to a rally, are all rioters, or promoting Hong Kong independence,” she said. Yoko Tsang, 29, said the more she travelled around the world as a flight attendant, the more she has come to cherish Hong Kong’s freedoms, which she feels are increasingly under attack. “No matter where we go, Hong Kong is always our home and our roots,” she said. “Whether it’s before or after work, we have to fight for time to show our support in rallies.” Cathay Pacific’s Flight Attendants Union said it supported the rally and encouraged members to join, a stance that earned it a rebuke in China’s state media. “We feel deep regret with the incapability of our (chief executive) Carrie Lam and her team that only play tricks to fool its people,” the union said in a message on Facebook, referring to the city’s unelected leader. More than five hours after the protest began it was still going, a huge crowd of people chanting “Free Hong Kong!” at arrivals. Tourists had a variety of reactions to the display from baffled and bemused to supportive. “I feel like I’m back home now because in Chile we have similar issues with the police,” Margarita Duco, a 24-year-old traveller who was in Hong Kong on a layover told AFP. “The excessive use of violence when there are peaceful manifestations, it’s very common in my country so I can relate with what they are going through,” she added. Multiple Chinese mainland visitors approached by AFP declined to comment. Hong Kong is bracing itself for another weekend of rallies and possible clashes. Police have banned a planned Saturday protest against suspected triad gangs who beat up pro-democracy demonstrators in the rural town of Yuen Long near China’s border. But messaging channels and forums used by activists suggest people plan to rally there regardless. Another rally on Sunday will end close to China’s Liaison Office, which was pelted with eggs last weekend before police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters hurling projectiles.last_img read more

Spence and Robinson end fasts call on Canadians to fix years of

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsOttawa – The fast may be over, but the fight continues.That was the message delivered Thursday as Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and Elder Raymond Robinson officially ended their weeks-old fast.“It does not end because the hunger strike ends. The fight continues. We have mobilized a nation,” said Spence spokesman Danny Metatawabin at a press conference Thursday. “You, Canadians, we want our rightful place as well…We will stand up. We will persevere. We want to be acknowledged.”Spence couldn’t attend the press conference but Robinson was there, as well as Liberal leader Bob Rae, NDP MP Romeo Saganash and Saskatchewan Assembly of First Nations regional chief Perry Bellegarde.Metatawabin said Spence was bedridden under doctors’ orders. She went to the hospital Wednesday and was put on an IV. She may be released later Thursday or Friday.Robinson, from Cross Lake, Man., said he also attended the hospital but when he was being seen a by a nurse he said she questioned why he was there, how he got there and had no clue Robinson had been on a fast for 43 days. Robinson said he felt the nurse was almost racist and walked out without being assessed.He said his fast, next to Spence’s side, was a rollercoaster ride for him and his family.“It is with mixed emotions, a lot of stress, joy, jubilation that I make the statement today that the journey of my hunger strike ends,” said Robinson before taking questions from media. “It’s a rollercoaster ride for my sake, my family’s sake…for the journey I took upon myself to try and get some kind of word out to general population in respect to the way my people have been treated over the course of these generations.”Robinson said it’s amazing in this day and age that First Nation people still struggle to control what’s theirs – land, water and resources – while the federal government tries to take control of it all.He said when Europeans first arrived they survived because of Indigenous peoples.“We nurtered you guys and gave you our medicine. You guys would have died without our medicine, without us teaching you how to live and survive in this country,” he said. “We forged a relationship with you guys hoping that you would be our partners in everything – 50/50. You smoked our Pipe to symbolize the relationship we wanted to forge with you.”But it didn’t work that way.Through time the non-Aboriginal society thought they could take everything from the First Peoples said Robinson.That includes their children and Indian Residential Schools.“I’m an Indian Residential School survivor. I went to three Residential Schools,” he said. “The government of Canada tried to take my identity away from me, my life, my language, my being a First Nation person to try assimilate me into a foreign culture I don’t know about.”This rooted his 43-day fast that began a day after Spence began hers on Dec. 11. They survived on tea and fish broth.But there was more to the fast.“To tell the world, to tell Canada that enough is enough,” said Robinson. “Can’t you just leave us alone, can’t we just be ordinary people in this land, can we have the same opportunities you guys live in a daily basis…can I be received as a human being in my own land.”He said Bill C-38 gives the government power to do what they wish in First Nation territories. Bill C-45 takes control of their resources he said.To make changes such as Robinson is saying the government is to consult with First Nations as per the Constitution Rae reminded reporters in the gallery.That was the main reason behind the Idle No More movement that now includes hundred of years of oppression.“This is your fight too. These acts, these bills will kill us all,” said Robinson. “Fight with us and make sure these bills don’t go anywhere.”Bill C-45 became law just before Christmas.APTN National News reported early Wednesday morning that Spence had already decided to end the fast but news of the end came much later in the day.Spence and Robinson officially agreed to end their fast based on a 13-point plan endorsed by the Assembly of First Nations, the Native Women’s Society of Canada, the NDP and Liberal caucuses. The plan calls for such things as proper funding for education, respecting treaty rights and consulting First Nations on changes to their lives.Spence, however, was facing pressure from her own band council to end the fast and a delegation from Attawapiskat was to leave for Ottawa Wednesday to hand-deliver a letter urging her to quit the protest or face removal as chief.Her health was also starting to fail and she had been considering a way to end the protest on a high note after realizing she would not be able to obtain her goal of forcing a meeting between the prime minister, the governor general and First Nations leaders.Spence’s teepee on Victoria Island became a type of pilgrimage destination for many First Nations people across Canada who came to visit her, offer her gifts and blessings.“We end our hunger strikes with signed commitments from elected First Nations leaders and opposition parties to urgently carry forward our action plan which ensure that our treaty rights are recognized, honoured and fully implemented,” said Spence in a released statement. “Indigenous peoples have lived well below the poverty line in a country that is considered one of the wealthiest in the world. We are no longer idle and precedence has been established over this past six weeks. There’s no going back, our voices have been heard and now I ask for your involvement to move our agenda forward.”The opposition leaders said they will use the 13-point declaration as a “blue print” going forward to push Prime Minister Stephen Harper on First Nation issues.“I view this document as a blueprint for the future in our relations with First Nations in this country and what the NDP is saying, essentially, is we are endorsing this document because we want to accompany you on this road, on this journey to a better future, for a better tomorrow for your communities,” said Saganash.Rae said the document is also a sign of political will.“I think you have to see the document as an expression of political will on our part, and on the part of the AFN, and on part of the (NDP), and on part of a lot of other people on behalf of lot of other Canadians. I think there are a lot of Canadians who want us to move forward,” he said. “Is it something that the Conservatives are going to sign on to tomorrow? Some of it they might, some of it they might not. I think there is a process of public persuasion that needs to go on. I accept that.”That begins with education said Metatawabin.“We need to educate the Canadian people of who we are. I hold this feather in honour because it recognizes a symbol, a closeness I have with the Creator, but you, the average Canadian, probably just think it’s a feather,” he said. “This is who we are. We are spiritual people. It goes back to the treaties. There is a spiritual intent and we have to bridge that gap.” read more

Libya UN envoy visits Tripoli for talks with senior Government officials

The top United Nations envoy to Libya made a one-day visit today to the capital, Tripoli, and met top Government officials as part of the world body’s ongoing diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis and end the fighting in the North African country.Abdul Elah al-Khatib, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Libya, met with the Foreign Minister, the Prime Minister, the Secretary-General of the Libyan Public Congress and the pro-Qadhafi tribal forum.“Their discussions focused on the need to fully implement Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973, to allow full humanitarian access, and to establish a ceasefire and political process,” according to information released by a spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.“The Special Envoy’s interlocutors said they were open and ready to fully engage and to cooperate with his efforts.”Mr. Ban also spoke by telephone today with the Prime Minister, Al Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi, about resolving the crisis.Libya has been engulfed by fighting since a pro-democracy movement opposed to the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi emerged in February following similar protests in Tunisia, Egypt and other countries across North Africa and the Middle East.Hundreds of people have been killed in the fighting and hundreds of thousands of others have been internally displaced or forced to flee to neighbouring countries.UN officials have warned of a humanitarian crisis in many towns and cities where the fighting has been heaviest. 15 May 2011The top United Nations envoy to Libya made a one-day visit today to the capital, Tripoli, and met top Government officials as part of the world body’s ongoing diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis and end the fighting in the North African country. read more

Air Canada launches regional service in WestJets backyard with Bombardier Q400s

Air Canada launches regional service in WestJet’s backyard with Bombardier Q400s AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 1, 2013 4:53 pm MDT MONTREAL – Air Canada launched its regional service in rival WestJet’s backyard on Friday with the introduction of Bombardier Q400 turboprops.The Montreal-based carrier said the first flights connected Calgary to Fort McMurray, Alta., Regina and Saskatoon. Nine additional routes will be added over the coming months.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) also said it plans to increase capacity on key routes in the spring and summer by using larger aircraft, adding flights to “meet strong demand” and roll out additional turboprops to routes in British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories, stated Marcel Forget, the airline’s vice-president of network planning.Capacity will be added to 18 routes involving Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, with some routes seeing a doubling in available seats. Capacity will also grow 24 per cent starting in May between Toronto and Fort McMurray.The 76-seat Q400 planes will be operated by Jazz Aviation (TSX:CHR) under the Air Canada Express brand and replace 50-seat CRJ100/200 jets.Calgary-based WestJet (TSX:WJA) was slated to announce in January its own regional service plans using the Q400 turboprops but that has been delayed until sometime in February.The company reports its quarterly results Feb. 6.WestJet Encore will initially service either eastern or western routes starting in the second half of 2013, followed nine months later by the other half of the country. It expects to add up to 45 Q400s over five years.WestJet president Gregg Saretsky has said the service will reduce airfares on regional routes by about half of the full fare.Air Canada has vowed to respond to lower fares promised by WestJet with its new regional service.Meanwhile, the airline’s low-cost carrier has begun hiring the first 150 flight attendants based in Toronto for the July 1 launch of service to Europe and the Caribbean.Air Canada Rouge will begin operations with two Boeing 767-300ER and two Airbus A319 aircraft that will be released from Air Canada’s mainline fleet. Additional planes will be added as Air Canada starts to take delivery of new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in 2014, ramping up to 50 planes.Timing of the Boeing 787 deliveries have been questioned because of a suspected battery problem that has grounded the worldwide fleet.The discount airline will start with flights from Toronto to Venice, Italy and Edinburgh, Scotland — two destinations that currently aren’t served by Air Canada, and will serve Athens, Greece from Toronto and Montreal.Air Canada’s existing flights to Cuba, the Dominican Republican, Jamaica and Costa Rica will be flown by the discount carrier from Toronto.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Air Canada’s shares gained three cents to close at $2.47 in Friday trading, while WestJet was up 74 cents or 3.46 per cent, to $22.10. read more

Volkswagen recalls 136000 autos for antilock brake fix

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling nearly 136,000 Audi and Volkswagen autos to fix potential problems with their antilock brake systems.The recall covers 135,683 vehicles, including certain 2009-10 Volkswagen Jetta A5 sedans, 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, Eos, GTI, Rabbit and Audi A3 vehicles and 2010 Volkswagen Golf A6 vehicles. In them, the control unit for the antilock brake system may fail when the system or the auto’s electronic stability control are activated.Volkswagen will notify owners, and repairs will be made free of charge.The automaker traced the problem to the use of an incorrect solder compound, which may cause cracks that prevent sufficient electrical power to flow. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2017 11:22 am MDT Last Updated Jan 7, 2017 at 1:48 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Volkswagen recalls 136,000 autos for antilock brake fix FILE – In this Sept. 26, 2015 file photo a giant logo of the German car manufacturer Volkswagen is pictured on top of a company’s factory building in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen will announce its future strategy which might include job cuts in a press conference on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file) read more

3 talking points ahead of Saturdays Round 4A football qualifiers

first_img1. Cork’s moment of redemptionCork’s footballers have come in for some stinging criticism since their double-scores defeat against Kerry in the Munster final earlier this month. Some of it was so vitriolic that GPA felt the need to step in, condemning it as “beneath contempt” in a statement.None of it needed to be said because nobody was more disappointed than Brian Cuthbert and the players. This evening, they have a golden opportunity to redeem themselves and show that they are worthy contenders for the All-Ireland.Sligo have gotten back on track with wins against Wicklow and Limerick already this month but the bookies have the measure of this contest. They make Cork red-hot 1/20 favourites and have set the spread at eight points.Sligo would need a serious upset to progress to the quarter-finals but that will add to the pressure on Cork too. After falling so far short against Kerry, only a convincing win will do to steady the ship.2. Wasteful Galway need to sharpen upGalway were second best against Mayo in the Connacht final but after looking back at the tape, Alan Mullholland’s side will find a few positives in the seven-point defeat.The three goals they conceded aside, they will take heart from the amount of chances they created going forward. The flipside is that they were very wasteful — they shot 12 wides, hit the woodwork three times, and saw Shane Walsh’s penalty saved by Rob Hennelly.Still, they matched Mayo in the second half (2-5 to 0-11) and continued to battle even as the game fizzled out. They will need that same determination, along with some sharper shooting, to get past Tipp.3. Can Tipp keep putting up big numbers?Peter Creedon’s Premier men have arguably been the outstanding team of the qualifiers so far.They walloped Longford by 2-17 to 0-6 at the start of the month and then put up a massive 3-17 against Laois in Round 3A. Conor Sweeney has been in impressive form too, notching 2-10 across those two games.Add in their narrow miss against Cork in the Munster semi-finals and you get a fairly good picture of this group’s potential.Padraic Joyce called this evening’s clash with Galway as a 50-50 toss-up on RTÉ Radio yesterday and it’s hard to disagree. If Tipp can keep putting up the big numbers, and tighten up the defence that leaked four goals against Laois, they should edge it.This article was originally published at 7.30 and then updated at 13.30.Cork chief Cuthbert vows to review dual player situation at end of the seasonlast_img read more

HTC Titan III prochaine référence des Windows Phone 8

first_imgHTC Titan III : prochaine référence des Windows Phone 8 ?Suite à un sondage Xbox Live Rewards, Microsoft a peut-être, bien malgré lui, vendu la mèche sur celui qui pourrait devenir le prochain porte-étendard des Windows Phone. Cité dans le questionnaire, son nom n’est pourtant pas encore référencé, mais il se pourrait bien qu’il s’agisse de l’ex-HTC Zenith, annoncé aux mois de juin et septembre…HTC Zenith…HTC Titan III…Deux noms pour peut-être un seul et même smartphone. Point de départ de cette rumeur, un simple vote, sur internet, à travers la rubrique des Xbox Live Rewards…Et à cette question : “À quel point seriez-vous excité de recevoir l’un de ces téléphones ?”, le choix proposé n’a pas manqué d’en étonner plus d’un ! En effet, les propositions désignaient alors l’Apple iPhone 5, le Motorola Droid Razer Maxx HD, le Nokia Lumia 920, le Samsung Galaxy S3 et…Le HTC Titan III, un smartphone pas encore vendu, ni annoncé !À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais, Microsoft oblige, il pourrait être donc un troisième modèle fonctionnant avec Windows Phone 8 (après le 8x et le 8s), et pourquoi pas un modèle censé être disponible, mais dont la sortie a été retardé par le constructeur, comme le Zenith ? C’est le cheminement effectué par le site Cnet qui n’hésite pas à rapprocher les deux modèles qui ne serait en fait, qu’un seul.Aux dernières informations, le HTC Zenith supporterait le mode Dual Carrier à 42 Mbit/s, disposerait d’un écran Super LCD 2 avec une diagonale de 4,7 pouces, un processeur central quad Core, une puce NFC et un module APN de 8 Mpixels.Hasard ou coïncidence, le HTC Titan II (notre photo) avait été présenté au CES de Las Vegas, qui avait eu lieu en janvier 2012. Présenter le Titan III, un an après, au même salon, en tant que nouveau représentant des Windows Phone, pourrait être logique.Le 4 décembre 2012 à 15:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

36 do not feel they are paid appropriately

first_imgMore than a third (36%) of respondents believe they are not paid appropriately, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).Its UK working lives: the CIPD job quality index survey report 2018, which surveyed 350,000 employees, also found that 70% of respondents receive an employer pension contribution of 6% or less, 18% receive between 7% and 10% and 12% receive an employer pension contribution of 11% or more.The research also found:44% of respondents believe that work positively impacts their mental health.39% of female respondents feel they are underpaid, compared to 33% of male respondents.53% of respondents who earn less than the full national living wage of £7.50 an hour feel they are not paid appropriately, compared to 12% of respondents who are paid three times the real living wage of £30.60 an hour for London-based employees and £26.25 an hour for employees working across the UK.72% of respondents are saving for a pension through their employer.50% of respondents who work in the public sector receive an employer pension contribution of 7% or more, compared to 24% of respondents who work in the private sector and 35% who work in the voluntary sector.48% of respondents have access to social employee benefits, such as Christmas and summer parties, 45% are able to take enhanced leave such as paid bereavement leave or emergency eldercare support.38% of respondents are provided with free or subsided food or drink as an employee benefit and 35% are offered healthcare and insurance benefits, flu jabs, dental or health insurance.30% of respondents can access transport benefits as part of their employee benefits package, such as free or subsidised on-site car parking, travel season ticket loans or a company car.24% of respondents receive wellbeing benefits, such as subsidised gym membership, massages or exercise classes and 22% can use technology benefits, for example a mobile phone for personal use or a home computer.28% of respondents have used enhanced leave benefits in the last 12 months, compared to 2% who have used financial assistance benefits.29% of respondents have experienced work-related musculoskeletal conditions in the last year and 22% have experienced anxiety or depression where work was a contributing factor.42% of respondents have access to flexi-time arrangements, 40% can work from home using normal working hours, 34% can reduce their working hours and 25% have the option to work compressed hours.56% of respondents are able to communicate to their employer via one-to-one meetings with their line manager, 47% attend team meetings and 37% give feedback through an employee survey.Peter Cheese (pictured), chief executive officer at the CIPD, said: “The government has been clear that it wants to improve job quality in the UK, but in order to create quality jobs you have to be able to know one when you see one. We have a record number of people in work, but we have to make sure that we have quality as well as quantity, and that means making sure every job is a good job. That is why we have undertaken the first comprehensive measure to help understand and clearly map job quality in the UK.“Headline job satisfaction is reasonably strong, and that is to be welcomed. However, it is clearly lacking for many people, and that headline masks some serious structural issues in the UK labour market.“Those in management positions are often overworked, which can not only lead to stress and poor mental health, but also means they are not able to manage their teams to the best of their ability. Stress in the workplace passes down, and combined with the concerning lack of training and development opportunities for those in low-skilled work, is a heady mix which needs to be better understood and addressed to enable better productivity and wellbeing across all organisations.“With employment levels high, challenges remain around productivity, and so organisations have to prioritise working smarter, not just harder. We need to ensure that we’re designing our jobs flexibly and in ways that best utilise the skills of the workforce, implementing positive health and wellbeing strategies, and tackling workplace cultures of stress and giving voice and support to our people. Alongside that, we need to give those looking to develop their skills the ability to do so, through workplace learning and wider investment in skills development to make sure we’re making the most of all the talent that people have.”last_img read more

Qualcomm and Apple kick off latest patent case

first_imgQualcomm, based in San Diego, California, is one of the world’s biggest mobile chipmakers.  Shara Tibken/CNET Apple and Qualcomm kicked off the latest chapter in a long-running legal battle over patents and licensing agreements in the chipmaker’s hometown of San Diego, California, on Monday.Qualcomm, which supplies chips and modems for much of the mobile phone industry, says Apple infringed on three of its patents in some versions of the popular iPhone. The chipmaker wants up to $1.41 per iPhone that infringed on its intellectual property sold during a certain period between 2017 and 2018. The exact figure was not disclosed, though it’s estimated to be in the tens of millions of dollars or more. That sum would be a drop in the bucket for Apple — which briefly became a $1 trillion company last year — but a victory for Qualcomm would help to brandish its reputation as a mobile components innovator. “Qualcomm, although it doesn’t make a smartphone — it doesn’t have a product that you and I would buy — it develops a lot of technology in smartphones,” David Nelson, the lead attorney representing Qualcomm, said in an opening statement on Monday. The trial concerns three patents that Qualcomm claims Apple infringed on. One patent allows a smartphone to quickly connect to the internet once the device is turned on. Another deals with graphics processing and battery life. The third lets apps on your phone download data more easily by directing traffic between the apps processor and the modem. 2:13 Apple vs. Qualcomm: Court battles explained See All Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple During opening remarks, both sides zoomed in on the patent that focuses on boot-up technology when the phone is turned on. Nelson said the technology in the patent was “foundational” to the company’s work, long before it was registered. Apple claims Qualcomm stole the idea for that innovation from then-Apple engineer Arjuna Siva, who the company said discussed the idea with Qualcomm engineers in an email.”This one is truly the most outrageous allegation in the case,” Juanita Brooks, lead counsel for Apple, said of the infringement claim in opening statements. “They took the idea from us and ran down to the patent office.”A long battleThe courtroom clash between Apple and Qualcomm is part of a wide-ranging legal saga. Two years ago, the Federal Trade Commission, aided by heavyweights including Apple and Intel, accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in modem chips. The agency argued Qualcomm’s high royalty rates stopped competitors from entering the market, which has driven up the cost of phones and hurt consumers. That trial took place in January, and the parties are currently waiting for a decision from US District Judge Lucy Koh. The San Diego trial, presided over by US District Judge Dana Sabraw, is more technical than the other fronts of the legal battle. But it could have implications on how your phone is made and how much it costs. The trial also sets the stage for an April meeting between the two companies over licensing deals. The two companies have been arguing over royalties Apple paid Qualcomm for licensing the chipmaker’s technology. Apple paid $7.50 per iPhone, but Apple COO Jeff Williams testified in January that the price should have been a fifth of that price.The iPhone was first introduced in 2007, but the company didn’t start using Qualcomm chips for network connectivity until 2011. In 2016, the company started using Intel modems in some models of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Now, Apple has opted for Intel’s modems over Qualcomm’s in all its latest phones. ‘Eureka’ and ‘Maverick’After opening statements on Monday, Qualcomm’s first witness was James Thompson, the company’s chief technologist. He described Qualcomm’s relationship with Apple. He said the company typically began working on modems for an iPhone about four years before the phone would be released. “We defined the cellular component of that product,” he said. He also said both companies had nicknames for each other. Apple called Qualcomm “Eureka,” and Qualcomm called Apple “Maverick.”A verdict in the San Diego trial, which will be decided by a jury of eight people, is expected in mid-March.  Originally published at 1:45 p.m. PT.Update, 3:26 p.m. PT: Adds more detail from opening statements; and 4:25 p.m. PT: Adds more detail. reading • Qualcomm and Apple kick off latest patent case Tech Industry 0 Share your voice Post a comment Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 • Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Qualcomm Apple Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Gold Imports to Rise Premiums may Double Ahead of Diwali

first_imgAccording to bullion traders, India’s monthly gold imports are set to rise by as much as 50% from the current levels and premiums could also double ahead of this festive season next month. Additionally, gold sales are expected to rise by 15 to 20%.Currently, gold is being sold for around ₹27,000 per ten gram. It is expected that Indian gold buyers would help support global bullion prices which had dipped to eight-and-a-half month low of ₹1,216.01 (₹74,072) per 30 grams amid worries of hike in US interest rates. The festive demands are expected to push local gold prices. Prithiviraj Kothari, vice-president of the India Bullion & Jewellers’ Association expects the gold price to touch ₹28,500 per ten gram ahead of Hindu festivals like Dhanteras and Diwali.”Gold imports are expected to rise to about 70-75 tonnes per month in the coming months as against a monthly average of 50-60 tonnes,” Reuters quoted Prithviraj Kothari, vice-president of the India Bullion & Jewellers’ Association.After and during the Indian festive season, Indian gold premiums to the global benchmark are also expected to surge by ₹731 to ₹912 for 30 grams, from the current rate of ₹426 to ₹609 an ounce.Gold reached its highest at ₹35,074 per ten gram in August 2013, but then onwards the bullion prices have slipped steadily aided by weak prices overseas and a strengthening rupee.Deficit worries?Heavy imports raised the fiscal deficit during previous year that had put the rupee under pressure and slowed growth. Following this, UPA finance minister P. Chidambaram raised the import tax on gold for the third time in a year.However, in May 2014, RBI eased import restrictions on this commodity. The central bank permitted private agencies and banks to provide gold loans to the sector. But, the government has not lowered the import duty which is at 10%.India’s investment demand for gold slumped 67% on year in the June quarter, according to World Gold Council.But, Kothari opined that India’s deficit would not hurt because of gold demand during festive season as government’s restrictions on gold imports and lower international prices will prevent the deficit.last_img read more

Arun Jaitley gets ready to present Union Budget 2017 interesting facts about

first_imgArun Jaitley is all set to present the Union Budget for the financial year 2017-18 (Budget 2017) on Wednesday (February 1, 2017), the fourth by the Modi government after it came to power in May 2014. There are many sides to the 64-year-old finance minister, who is a lawyer by profession.Read: Union Budget Session 2017 Live Updates: post your questions to FM Arun Jaitley using #MyQuestionToFM on TwitterProbably one of the most social media savvy — he will be taking questions on Twitter under the hashtag #MyQuestionToFM — after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, he is prolific with his views on Facebook and Twitter, besides articulating the government’s views on policies that go beyond money and finance. A suave lawyer who joined the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the RSS in the 1970s, Jaitley was active during the JP movement that saw the dethroning of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi after the Emergency years (1975-77). He can hold forth on almost any topic — politics, economy, law, governance, human rights, crime, defence — and take on the mightiest, whether from rival parties, or from other domains. The No. 2 man in the Modi government is currently a member of the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, having lost to Capt Amarinder Singh (Amritsar constituency in Punjab) in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. He also held the all-important defence portfolio in the initial days of the Modi government before the appointment of Manohar Parrikar.By virtue of being the finance minister of India, he heads the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, the apex decision-making body for all matters concerning the rolling out and administration of the GST as and when it happens.Here are some interesting facts about FM Arun Jaitley (taken from various sources including his website)Born on December 28 1952 to Maharaj Kishen Jaitley and Ratan Prabha Jaitley.Did schooling at St. Xavier’s School, New Delhi.Married to Sangeeta Dogra in May 1982, and has two children, son Rohan and daughter Sonali.Graduated in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi in 1973; completed Law degree course from the University of Delhi in 1977. Was president of the University Students’ Union in 1974.Was placed under detention for about 19 months during Emergency.Joined BJP in 1980.Designated as Senior Advocate by the Delhi High Court in January 1990; appointed Additional Solicitor General in 1989.Member of BJP national executive since 1991.FM @arunjaitley, MoS, @arjunrammeghwal, MoS, @santoshgangwar and senior @FinMinIndia officials present #Budget2017 to #PresidentMukherjee— PIB India (@PIB_India) February 1, 2017last_img read more

Juba League expels Bogra rape accused Tufans brother Matin

first_imgMatin SarkerRuling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL) youth wing Juba League on Tuesday expelled its Bogra town unit joint general secretary Matin Sarker over the rape charge against his younger brother Tufan Sarker.Tufan Sarker, also the Bogra town unit convener of  Sramik League, another affiliate organisation of the ruling party,  allegedly raped a girl student on 17 July, alluring her with assurances of ensuring her admission to an undergraduate college.Juba League general secretary Harunur Rashid confirmed Prothom Alo of Matin’s expulsion. He said Matin Sarker has been expelled for his involvement in various “immoral activities”.Read more: Two brothers control Bogra crime worldIt is to be noted that the daily Prothom Alo came up with a news report today, Tuesday, that the two brothers – Tufan Sarker and Matin Sarker – allegedly control the crime world in Bogra.Matin Sarker is also the general secretary of the Bogra District Truck Owners Association.Locals and party insiders said the two brothers have recently emerged as masterminds of various types of crimes like drug peddling, murder, extortion, and land grabbing in Bogra town and its adjacent areas and through various illegal means, they have become millionaires almost overnight.Read more: Ruling party’s Bogra leader rapes adolescent girlRapid Action Battalion (RAB) has listed Matin Sarker as a drug peddler and he is accused in nine cases – four of them are for murder. Matin was sentenced to imprisonment for 27 year in an arms case, but the verdict was stayed by the High Court.Police has also arrested Matin four times on different charges, RAB twice, and Joint Forces once.last_img read more

India China agree to end border standoff Delhi

first_img.India and China have agreed to an “expeditious disengagement” of troops at a disputed border area where their soldiers have been locked in stand-off for more than two months, the South Asian nation’s foreign ministry said on Monday.The decision comes ahead of a summit of the BRICS nations – a grouping that also includes Brazil, Russia and South Africa – in China early next month, which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend.“In recent weeks, India and China have maintained diplomatic communication in respect of the incident at Doklam,” India’s ministry of external affairs said, referring to the area in the Himalayas close to the borders of China, India and Bhutan.“On this basis, expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is on-going,” it said in a statement.Chinese and Indian troops have been confronting each other close to a valley controlled by China that separates India from its close ally, Bhutan, and gives China access to the so-called Chicken’s Neck, a thin strip of land linking India and its remote northeastern regions.New Delhi says the dispute erupted after India objected to the Chinese building a road through the mountainous area.Small incursions and troop stand-offs are common along other parts of the contested 3,500-km (2,175-mile) frontier, but the recent impasse was marked by its length and the failure of talks to resolve the dispute, raising fears of a wider escalation as the two Asian giants compete for influence.The Nathu La Pass on the frontier between the Indian state of Sikkim and Chinese-controlled Tibet, was the site of a fierce border clash between Chinese and Indian troops in 1967.last_img read more

Mozilla plans to enable Hyperlink Ping Tracking by Default in Firefox

first_imgMozilla plans to enable Hyperlink Ping Tracking by Default in Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on April 20, 2019 in Firefox – 133 commentsA new Bleeping Computer report by Lawrence Abrams suggests that Mozilla plans to enable Hyperlink Ping Tracking by default in the Firefox browser.Firefox is one of the few browsers that has the feature disabled by default, another is Brave. Most Chromium-based browsers, Google Chrome and Opera, as well as Microsoft Edge and Safari have the feature turned on by default.The browsers that have the feature enabled already won’t allow users to disable the feature anymore in coming versions. Chrome users, for example, can disable Hyperlink auditing in the browser currently on chrome://flags if they run the Stable version. Chrome users who run Beta or other development versions won’t find the feature listed anymore as Google removed it from the list of available flags.Chrome 73.0 StableChrome 75.0 CanaryWhat is Ping Hyperlink Auditing?Links, or hyperlinks, are a fundamental HTML feature that loads another resource when a user activates it.Ping is a new attribute that can be added to links to send information to another resource. Here is an example: ThisWhen a user clicks on the Ghacks Link, is notified that the click happened. It is possible to notify one or multiple resources about the link click.What is bad about it?Ping is used to track link clicks. The nature of how that is done is not transparent to users who click on links, as the ping attribute is not shown and links with pings are not highlighted when a user hovers over the link in the browser.While it is possible to check the source, it is not comfortable and unlikely that many users will do so.Apart from privacy, at least one case has been recorded where pings were used for denial of service attacks.And Firefox?Mozilla told Bleeping Computer that the Ping has not been enabled by default in Firefox already is because the feature is still being implemented.Asked about the privacy implications, Mozilla told Bleeping Computer that it agreed with Apple’s stance on the issue. Apple stated that turning off Ping would not “solve the privacy implications of link click analytics” and that disabling it would result in companies using techniques that would “hurt the user experience”.Sites would often check for supported tracking features and would simply switch to another if Ping was not available.Firefox supports a preference currently that determines whether pings are enabled or not. The preference is set to False currently which means that it is not used.Firefox users can check browser.send_pings on about:config to configure it. Whether that preference will remain in Firefox once Mozilla enables Ping functionality remains to be seen.SolutionsChrome users may install Ping Blocker to block pings in the browser. The popular content blocker uBlock Origin blocks pings by default as well, and it is available for Firefox, Chrome, and other browsers.Brave is one of the few browsers that has the Ping attribute disabled.SummaryArticle NameMozilla plans to enable Hyperlink Ping Tracking by Default in FirefoxDescriptionA new Bleeping Computer report by Lawrence Abrams suggests that Mozilla plans to enable Hyperlink Ping Tracking by default in the Firefox browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Amazon buys Eero mesh router startup adding fuel to its inhouse Alexa

first_imgAmazon has announced its plans of acquiring ‘Eero’, the startup that is focussed on mesh home routers.  Eero makes use of a mesh network to produce wireless routers and extenders that provide better coverage for home Wi-Fi networks and makes it easy to have fast and reliable Wi-Fi all over the house. Eero routers are designed to overcome coverage and dead zone issues encountered through traditional routers. Multiple access points are used to provide coverage to an entire home or apartment with a strong Wi-Fi signal. Amazon says that this deal will “help customers better connect smart home devices.” It will make it easier to set up Alexa-compatible gadgets if Amazon also controls the router technology. Amazon SVP Dave Limp said in a press release that “We are incredibly impressed with the Eero team and how quickly they invented a WiFi solution that makes connected devices just work. We have a shared vision that the smart home experience can get even easier, and we’re committed to continuing innovating on behalf of customers.” While the deal is good news for Amazon investors, many Eero users have expressed their disapproval of the deal. Amazon has faced criticism about how Alexa listens in people’s homes, and can be a threat to user privacy. Existing Eero users have voiced their concerns along the same lines: Eero support has tried to put customers worry to rest with a tweet, saying, “Eero does not track customers’ internet activity and this policy will not change with the acquisition”. Eero is not the first router startup to be acquired by Amazon. Amazon has acquired startups like  Ring and Blink, in recent years, with a vision to launch its own in-house Alexa smart home ecosystem. Details of the deal have yet to be disclosed. Head over to Techcrunch for more insights on this news. Read Next “Amazon wants to make all the rules and weaken democracy in NYC”: Brad Lander on Amazon’s HQ2 deal Aurora, a self-driving startup, secures $530 million in funding from Amazon, Sequoia, and T. Rowe Price among others Amazon faces increasing public pressure as HQ2 plans go under the scanner in New Yorklast_img read more

Denia community leader says farmers threatened again in buffer zone

first_imgThe community leader of Denia village located in the Nicosia buffer zone said on Monday that armed Turkish soldiers threatened farmers over the weekend who had gone to their fields to check on their crops.The farmers had not visited their fields since last November when similar incidents took place, but concerns are expressed over the same happening next month when they will have to enter their fields to harvest the crops.Deneia community leader, Christakis Panayiotou, told the Cyprus Mail that a group of farmers who had gone on Saturday morning to their fields to check on the crops, were forced to leave after armed Turkish soldiers appeared at a distance of between 10 to 20 metres. Members of the Unficyp intervened, asking the farmers to leave.The incident follows those of November when, on several occasions, farmers were kicked off their fields by Turkish soldiers to make way for farmers from the north to cultivate the same land, Panayiotou had said at the time.Since then, Panayiotou said on Monday, no one went there because there are no trees that need constant care, just crops that had been sowed and farmers are waiting for them to grow to harvest.“We might have problems in March when the crops will need to harvested,” Panayiotou said.He added that the community council has already informed the foreign affairs ministry and Unficyp of the latest incident.Unficyp was not immediately available for comment.Following the November incidents, the Turkish Cypriot ‘foreign ministry’ had accused the Greek Cypriot side of deliberately planning provocations in the buffer zone at Denia and using the village as a propaganda tool.Unficyp spokesman Aleem Siddique told the Cyprus Mail last November that they are concerned that the incident would undermine peace and stability in the buffer zone.This is the second reported incident this month concerning involvement of the Turkish military within the buffer zone.It was reported last week that the Turkish military had advanced in the Strovilia area, in the Famagusta district, increasing the extent of the territory under occupation. They had reportedly placed barrels, bars and chains to cut off an area where the three Greek Cypriot families reside in three houses.  The incursion of the Turkish military had taken place between February 1 and 11.The foreign ministry said last Saturday that that the UN has officially recognised the recent disputed actions by the Turkish military in the Strovilia area as new violations of the status quo in the region and has made demarches.According to the ministry, tensions had risen on February 1, when the Turkish military, “citing unjustified allegations of so-called smuggling in the area, placed roadblocks on a rural road, preventing the residents’ access to their crops.”In the ensuing days the Turkish army informed Strovilia residents that new procedures were in effect regarding their movement into and out of the village, the ministry had said.The British High Commission had said however that the issue concerned a dirt road used by people when they wanted to avoid customs at the checkpoint. The Turkish side had apparently blocked the road, prompting reports of an encroachment. The issue was settled after they moved their barriers slightly back and the British bases placed their own to prevent smuggling in a disputed zone in the Famagusta district.The village of Strovilia is inside the Dhekelia SBA but the area in question, along with a few homes, sits just outside the boundary between Dhekelia SBA and the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state. It is understood that there never was an official buffer zone in the area.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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